Bay City vs. Canal Fulton Mules
Walnut Grove #2, World's Tournament
Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI
August 11, 2012
Bay City 23, Canal Fulton Mules 5
The Bay City gents escaped the floods of their hometown environs, and rode into Greenfield Village with the hope of taking home the title of World's Tournament Champions for 2012. The first step towards attaining that moniker would see them battle a familiar group, the Canal Fulton Mules from Ohio. The Mules are a club who are fortunate enough to be led by a legend in historic base ball, Ed Shuman who is the finest of gentlemen, and the best of captains in the sport, and clubs always find it a pleasure to remake his acquaintence.
The coin toss was won by Bay City, who decided to take the field in the contest, and the Mules took to striking straight off sending six strikers to the mark, and plating one ace in their first innings. The Bay Citys would do them better however, sending nine strikers to the dish, and plating five aces. The Independent were so dutiful in their striking that they saw four of their company reach extra bases, with each making their second. The fine fighting foursome included Jason "Buttons" McInerney, Jeff "Silverback" Rahl, Brian "Butterfly" Beceril, and Britt "The Mad Scientist" Vanchura. After one inning of play Bay City held a lead they would not relinquish at 5 to 1.
In the second innings the Independents would skunk the Mules. Despite frequent interruptions by the Iron Horse making it's way across the tracks in left field, and the protestations by the Mules against said modern innovation, the Bay Citys found time to plate two more aces in their second with another two base making apple masher thrown in by Alan "Kid" Garcia. The lead now stood at Bay City 7 and Mules 1.
The Mules would double their number of tallies in the third thanks to the striking of "Tall" Jim Green, who sent a howitzer deep into the garden to make his third in the third. He would then tally on another long blast into the out field that saw the next striker make his second. He would see his hand killed to end the innings however on a neat run down between the bases of third and home.
At the completion of the Fulton uprising in the third innings Bay City decided to kick up their heels and take to walloping with the willow themselves, and sent eight strikers to the line, and tallying four times. The greatest mash of the innings came from the bat of Jimmy "2 Quarts" Arnold who was able to take his second on his latest effort. The tally now stood at Bay City 11 and the Mules 2.
The Independents would lay down the whitewash for the next two innings against the Mules, but continued their own parade around the pillows plating eight runs in the fourth innings, and added half as many in the fifth. Extra bases in the innings were reached by Jeff "Silverback" Rahl, who made his second, and Brian "Butterfly" Beceril who made his second in the fourth and his third in the fifth.
In the sixth innings the Canal Fulton gents would double their total tallying twice, and after skunking the Bay Citys in their sixth, the Mules would pull another ace out of their sleeve to bring a close to their ledger and the time constrained contest at Bay City 23, and the Canal Fulton Mules 5.
It was a good first step for Bay City in their journey, but it was made an even better time because of the company they kept, as the Mules were perfect gentlemen while playing a fine game of base ball. It was no wonder that this excellent club would eventually take home the trophy presented for the best sportsmanship. Huzzah to the Mules! Huzzah for Bay City!